Saturday 20 January 2018

Testing times lie ahead for likely coalition of Gilmore and Kenny

Tensions between Fine Gael and Labour in government are par for the course, says John-Paul McCarthy

EAMON Gilmore's attempt to outflank Provisional Sinn Fein from the left with Labour's policies on tax cuts, the EU/IMF bailout and the budget deficit suggests a distinct departure from past Labour calculations.

Previous Labour leaders who went into coalition with Fine Gael were not looking over their left shoulders in the same dramatic manner as Gilmore has been this week.

Brendan Corish and Dick Spring worked well with taoisigh Liam Cosgrave and Garret FitzGerald during their respective ministries, though there were major disagreements on policy within certain narrowly defined areas.

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